Originally created 06/25/02

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Shooting hurts Augusta man

Police were investigating a shooting near a Hephzibah restaurant early Monday that sent a 23-year-old Augusta man to the hospital.

Carlos Hughes, of Apple Valley Drive, was taken by friends to Medical College of Georgia Hospital at about 3:20 a.m. after being shot in the abdomen and left foot, said Richmond County sheriff's Investigator Paul Godden.

Investigator Godden said Mr. Hughes' injuries were not life-threatening.

The shooting occurred across the street from Super C restaurant in the Pinnacle Plaza Shopping Center on Tobacco Road, he said. Police said they suspect it stemmed from an earlier altercation between Mr. Hughes and someone at Super C.

Robber strikes bank branch near mall

A branch of Wachovia Bank near Augusta Mall was robbed Monday.

The incident occurred at about 4:45 p.m. when a man handed a note to a teller in the bank off Wrightsboro Road, Richmond County sheriff's Maj. Ken Autry said.

Maj. Autry said the man left the bank with cash. He was described as 5 feet 9 inches tall, with a heavy build and wearing a dark shirt and white cap. Police say the robber might have left the area in a white, full-size, extended-cab pickup.

Man wields stapler in robbery attempt

A South Carolina man was arrested late Sunday after he tried to rob a pizza restaurant with a stapler, police say.

Wearing a mask similar to the one made popular by the movie Scream, a man entered Roma's Pizza on Agerton Lane at about 10:20 p.m. Sunday and demanded money from the store's employees, said Richmond County sheriff's Maj. Ken Autry. The man got into a struggle with several employees and was injured. He was detained by employees until the authorities arrived, Maj. Autry said.

Rudonsey Devore, 23, of Pineland, was taken to Medical College of Georgia Hospital, where he was treated for his injuries. He has been charged with robbery by intimidation.

Renovations relocate North Augusta voting

The North Augusta 28 voting precinct, normally at Hammond Hill Elementary School, has been moved, according to the Aiken County Election Commission.

Voting in today's runoffs will be at Riverview Park Activities Building because of renovations at the school, an election commission spokesman said.

Hours for voting will remain the same - 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

For more information, call (803) 642-2030.

Water races delayed until late August

Personal watercraft races that had been scheduled for Saturday on Langley Pond have been postponed.

Because of the lack of early registration, the races have been rescheduled for Aug. 24, according to Aiken County Parks Recreation & Tourism.

For more information, call (803) 642-7558.

Aiken council passes water impact fee

The Aiken City Council approved a $750 water impact fee Monday night in order to fund upgrades to the current system and to construct new facilities to handle growth. The measure passed 4-1.

Council member Beverly Clyburn voted against the measure, citing concern that the fees could stifle growth on Aiken's north side. Development there has been scarce in recent years while the south side has boomed with commercial and residential growth.

New homes and commercial properties will begin paying the one-time fee in July.

Three apartment fires deemed suspicious

Authorities are investigating three fires suspected to have been set by someone at an Augusta apartment complex.

The remnants of two of the fires at Savannah West Apartments, 2425 Washington Road, were found Monday in a flower bed at the back of Buildings 1068 and 1074, a Richmond County Sheriff's Office report states.

An officer found pine straw bedding burned in both flower beds. The third fire was reportedly set in the laundry room area of Building 1072. Carpeting and walls in the laundry room were damaged by the blaze.

All three cases are being investigated as arson.

Ministry organization reports bike thefts

Several used children's and adults' bicycles were reported stolen from Augusta Urban Ministries on Monday.

Sharron Holmes, the manager of the ministry, told police an employee noticed that 20 used children's bikes and six used adults' bikes were missing from a building in the 300 block of Hale Street on Monday morning.

An investigation showed that someone had entered the building through a window, a Richmond County Sheriff's Office report states.

Thieves make off with food at church

More than $500 in frozen-food items were reported stolen from a Hephzibah church on Monday.

Cathy Williams Crees, a member of Lakemont Presbyterian Church on Farmer's Bridge Road, told police she arrived at the church at 8 a.m. and noticed someone had forced open a lock on the church's back doors.

Ms. Crees said she found the freezer door open in the kitchen pantry and several food items missing, a Richmond County Sheriff's Office report states.


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